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that does it for me this hour. i'm richard lui. you can follow me on twitter, instagram, and facebook. for now i turn it over to reverend al sharpton and "politicsnation." good evening and welcome to "politicsnation." tonight's lead, the state of louisiana remains on high alert as tropical storm barry makes landfall, downgraded from a category 1 hurricane, but still slay slated to unload. massive amounts of rain falling, sustained winds on a region still recovering from hurricane
katrina. we'll have the latest on the storm and we'll talk to our reporter on the ground in louisiana shortly. but first, politics. president trump defends his outgoing labor secretary alex acosta as the ripple effects of billionaire financier jeffrey epstein on child sex trafficking charges shook the white house this week. with acosta resigning. my colleague, joy reid, joins me later in the show with her take on the scandal. and just when donald trump decided he wasn't a fan of the man, he called, quote, a terrific guy once upon a time. robert mueller's congressional testimony turnover russia probe pushed back to july 24th, giving
republicans in and out of congress more time to sharpen their attacks on the former special counsel for daring to follow the rule of law and comply with the subpoena. we'll get into all of it in the course of the next hour. later, congresswoman ilhan omar joins me to talk about the sweeping immigration raids scheduled to begin tomorrow in several major cities. one of which, new orleans, was spared only because of the storm threat barreling down on it. that's where we start because with all that's going on in washington, it's what's happening right now across much of louisiana that still tnachl nation's attention. barry landed and is on a collision course with central louisiana. nearly 14 years after hurricane katrina made the region
synonymous with natural disaster, correspondent mary ann atencio is on the ground in louisiana. mary ana, set the scene for us. >> good evening, rev. tropical storm barry hit the western part of the constituent as a category 1 hurricane. but the southeastern part of louisiana, not left unscathed. i'm in a community called plaquemines parish. this is a road going in and out of that community. now it looks like a river. that's exactly what officials feared. it is a storm surge, it is the flooding, and now it is likely to inundate the highway, and that's the only highway in and out of this parish, leaving people in this community essentially cut off. when you talk to locals after what happened during hurricane katrina, after what happened during the storm in 2016, they tell me that new orleans was reinforced with levees, but a
lot of parts in the south were left unprotected. now locals are left paying the price. rev, back to you. >> all right, mariana, thanks a lot for that report. the gulf coast region has never fully recovered from the material damage and the human cost of hurricane katrina in 2005 according to the department of commerce, it remains the single most catastrophic natural disaster is u.s. history. more than a million people displaced in new orleans and throughout the gulf. more than $120 billion drained from the region. now as barry lashes the louisiana coast, veterans of the katrina response 14 years ago are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. joining me now is retired lieutenant general russell honore. he was the commander of the joint task force katrina in new
orleans 15 years ago. thank you for being with us, general. you have been an advocate and fighting to really repair and prepare so that we wouldn't see a natural disaster have the impact that it appears to begin to have, even as a tropical storm 14 years later. has there been enough improvement? what are you seeing as one who has been advocating relentlessly to be prepared for what we're looking at today? >> well, rev, thank you. as you know, the federal government investigated about $14 billion in the new orleans levee system with a capability to protect against a category 3 hurricane. but as we see today, we've got a tropical storm that created conditions that, in some cases,
is threatening the levee system. we've got a best-case scenario in that the storm shifted west and reduced some of the impact it would have had had it come into more in line with the mouth of the mississippi river. but it goes to show, you know, you build a ten-foot wall and mother nature comes with a 12-foot wall of water. we live in a vulnerable place. we have to be resilient and take into account what's causing these storms. we've lost a lot of our coastline, and we have repetitive rain events, which is tied to climate change. that being said, the city of new orleans will always and has always been vulnerable to flooding. we've gotten a lot better since katrina with the floodgates, but there's more that can be done to ensure that the city doesn't flood again to a certain point.
there's more work to be done in baton rouge, east baton rouge parish and other parishes that flooded in 2016. much of that work is to be done with some federal funding allocated, but not nearly enough to drain these areas of baton rouge and north of new orleans. >> according to my understanding that we're now talking about this could be a prolonged several days that we're not looking at a direct impact that will happen in and out. it's over several days and it could go anywhere. we don't know. and i'm also understanding that where some things have been done in new orleans, when you go outside to baton rouge and other parishes, not nearly enough has been done. so the federal government needs to really, really bolster what it began in new orleans with other areas that are under
threat, am i correct in what i've been told? >> you are correct, sir. we have issues in and around lake pontchartrain. remember, between baton rouge and new orleans, rev, we have over 100 petrol chemical plants that sit right along the river. we need to continue to work to reinforce the levee and we need to take measures to allow that area north of baton rouge and north of new orleans to be able to flood -- to drain. much of those canals and bayous need clearing. there's still much work left to be done, particularly in baton rouge and in the comite where the money is committed. but much of baton rouge is still subject to flooding because we have not committed the money to get it clean, and the matching funds required to get it done. so there's much work left to be done, and many of those people that flooded in 2016, and guess what, they can flood again in
the next 24 hours. that is the sad part. >> some were flooded in 2016. we need to match funds so we need the federal government to come in and clearly climate change is an issue here. we're dealing with immediate problems with american citizens, some of them have already lost their power. they're sitting there not knowingly what to do 14 years after the worst natural disaster to hit american citizens. how do we even make excuses for not being more prepared in baton rouge and other parishes with the same kind of zeal that was required and called for after katrina hit? >> the ineptness of the congress that failed to understand that you have to find, to work to mitigate, otherwise you're going to have a repeat of the last disaster. they always find the money to try and repair, as they did after katrina, harvey, and
maria. you have to spend money before the disaster and the zpisz engineers know what needs to be done, but congress fails to provide the money. and the states in some cases provide the matching funds to get that work done to improve your danger. it is a fact, we'll have a more and more recurring flash floods up and down the mississippi river valley. >> all right. lieutenant governor russell honore, thank you for your time. we'll continue to talk throughout the evening. coming up, new reports of overcrowding and squalid conditions at the detention centers near the border. this time, in arizona. there are even allegations of sexual assault against government workers. we'll talk with congresswoman ilhan omar about the humanitarian crisis unfolding before our eyes. be right back.
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mr. chairman, i cannot unsee what i've seen. i cannot unfeel what i experienced. i refuse to. although admittedly, it robs me of sleep and peace of mind, but that pales in comparison to the pain felt by families that have been robbed of their liberty, their legal rights, and their dignity, and some even the lives of their babies. >> what was worse about this,
mr. chairman, was the fact that there were american flags hanging all over these facilities, that children being separated from their parents in front of an american flag, that women were being called these names under an american flag. we cannot allow for this. >> emotional testimony on capitol hill friday from members of congress who visited detention facilities in texas. they spoke of the highly unsanitary conditions and severe overcrowding, which has been reported in recent weeks. vice president mike pence visited some of the same facilities down in texas, but had a very different reaction. >> every family that i spoke to told me they were being well cared for and different than some of the harsh rhetoric we hear from democrats on capitol hill. our customs and border protection are doing their level
best to provide compassionate care to these families in a manner the american people would expect. >> joining me now, another member of congress who is very passionate about the humanitarian crisis on the border, democratic congresswoman ilhan omar of minnesota. congresswoman, thank you for being with us tonight. when you hear the vice president talking about democratic -- this is not about party, this is about humanitarian or not humanitarian behavior, when we're dealing with human lives, human beings, and conditions under the american flag, as congresswoman ocasio-cortez said. >> right. thank you, al, for having me. i think back to this famous poem. she says no one leaves for the
mouth of the shark unless the mouth of the shark is safer than home. and so what we have heard in the t testimony of my colleagues is some of these people now who have fled are actually being faced with a more dangerous mouth of the shark. people are being stripped of their dignity, they're being caged. some of their children are subject to possible death. it is a complete disaster. it is not about a democrat/republican narrative. it's the narrative about what kind of country we are and how do we have a process that doesn't uphold our values. and so we want to make sure that we do everything that we can so that we can provide a space for some of these families in the most vulnerable members of our neighbors who are coming into our country, receive the kind of
services, that is, you know, possible. >> you raise a very critical point. because we're talking about people who are not coming here to look for a vacation or even look for a job. we're talking about people that are fleeing something out of fear, fleeing something because of a disastrous kind of social order there that threatens their children, seeking asylum. what does our asylum laws mean if we are receiving them and putting them into cages and leaving them in unsanitary conditions and calling them names and having all kinds of things -- i mean, why have asylum laws if you're giving asylum selectively, but when it comes to people from certain countries, brown people in mexico, asylum laws are suspended? >> right.
we have asylum laws internationally, and it's not legal or criminal to seek asylum. some of these people who are coming to our borders are running away from horrendous situations, they're looking for a helping hand, and america has always been a place where people look to for hope. certainly my family received that. but i remind people that, you know, i'm someone who escaped war, who escaped a really horrifying situation to enter a country, a neighborhoods country, kenya, and that country provided water and safety and shelter, and that is really what people are expecting when they're coming to their neighboring country. that is why they have these sort of laws. and i want to make sure that the american people recognize that it is important for us to wish for ourselves what we would wish
for our neighbors. and so if we were in this situation ourselves, what kind of help would we want to receive? these are children. these are women. these are young men. these are people who are not coming to the united states just so that they can get a job. these are people who are coming to the united states because they're looking for hope. >> you have been on the national stage now. even though you represent minnesota, let me ask you. one thing we learned about you is you speak what you feel is the truth. do you think we would tolerate this if this was children coming from canada or from eastern europe? i mean, do you think that there is an inherent bias in how these children are being treated and dealt with that would not be tolerated if they were of another race or color? >> oh, i don't think so.
that is precisely the case. i think things would be very different. we associate humanity with certain individuals. that has just been the history not only of this country, but of the world. one thing that really was a wake-up call in telling the truth was when a member of congress yesterday said to me, if we had dogs in these cages, people would fall over one another to introduce legislation to get rid of these cages. so the reality is that for many of the people who are at that border, we refuse to recognize their humanity, we refuse to uphold their dignity, we refuse to see these children as our own. that is country that incarcerates young people in massive numbers. when we see stuff like this happening in other part of the world, we think we should do something, there's an atrocity
being committed. now you don't see the same kind of uproar here in the united states when these atrocities are being committed in the hands of our government. >> you are sitting as a member of congress. how do you view the announced i.c.e. raids that have scheduled in several cities tomorrow. interestingly enough, all cities with democratic mayors. how do you respond to these announced raids that are scheduled for tomorrow? >> there is an understanding, i think, in the most -- minds of the public, that these raids are to make sure we're removing people who have committed an illegal act. many of the people that are being ripped away from their communities are people who are looking for an opportunity to make their case on why they should remain in the united states. and so i believe that we should give opportunities.
i believe we should create pathways for people to become legal residents and to eventually become citizens. look, before we've had this immigration debate, there are many people who come from generations of immigrants. not everyone in this country is a descent dant of slavery or indigenous person. everybody came from somewhere. we didn't used to have laws that said that you are going to be removed. we didn't have laws that said that you are illegal or this person could be here, that person could not be here. and so eventually we created a society that understood that immigrants make us better, and we need to make sure that we're upholding those values that allowed for our grandparents, their great grant parents to create the america that we all enjoy today for these immigrants to get that opportunity to continue to create an america we can all enjoy. >> let me ask you. there's been a lot of media
around the squad, you and three of our colleagues and the speaker, nancy pelosi. is this media overblown, or are there real tensions or are there just differences of opinion that need to be dealt with so we can move on and see how we make the country better? >> everybody wants to make this personal. this isn't personal for me. you know, i understand my role, my colleagues understand their role. we're there to take the tough votes, to make sure that our values are intact in the policies that we push for. we have a responsibility to take a vote on behalf of the constituents, and leadership has a responsibility to make sure they rankwrangle the members of congress to push the policies. everybody has a role, everybody has a lane. and we all need to make sure that we're staying in each
other's -- staying out of each other's way. now, when it comes to the vote that we took a week and a half ago, that really was one that, if many of us, we campaigned on, we wanted to make sure we blo abolish i.c.e., that no child deserves to be in detention, that we understand that this manufactured crisis came from policies of family separation. this is what this administration and ideology has produced, also generations of not tending to foreign policy that is just in regards to northern triangle has created this mass migration that we are dealing with today. and so i want to make sure that the leadership of the democratic party is spending most of their energy, all of their energy in trying to make sure that we are resisting the debt mental policies coming from this
administration, and we are insisting on leading this nation to the betterment. this is not time for us to have a family fight that gets aired out in public. this is time for us to act like a family and make sure that we are protecting our american family from this administration that is causing so much harm to all of us. >> well, i think you made that very clear. it was an honor meeting you at the essence festival in new orleans last week. you were very well received, by the way. i'm glad to have you on tonight. congresswoman ilhan omar, thank you for being with us. >> it was a privilege being in your presence. thank you so much for having me. still ahead, i'm joined by 2020 candidate washington governor jay inslee. he has h he has been unwavering on his climate change, but does he need to go beyond that to gain support? more "politicsnation" after this.
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three years ago, donald trump pitched voters on the idea that their country was broken and that the rest of the world was playing us for suckers. and all we needed to fix this was donald trump. now in office, he's put up a for sale price on the prestige of the presidency on america's global stature and on our
national identity. that's exactly what my next guest east book is about. she's also my colleague here at msnbc, joy reid joins me to discuss that and more. plus, running for president, governor jay inslee is best known for his signature issue, the environment. but will that be enough to get him the nomination. if not, will he endorse the eventual nominee. i'll ask him. you're watching "politicsnation." ♪ ♪
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you know what i know about alex? he was a great student at harvard. he's hispanic, which i so admire because maybe it was a little tougher for him and maybe not. but he did an unbelievable job as the secretary of labor. that's what i know about him. i know one thing. he did a great job. >> as my friend, dj, would put it, another one. yet another cabinet secretary is out of the trump white house. the resignation of labor secretary alex acosta marks the ninth cabinet member to leave the administration. according to brookings, that's more than any of the five previous presidents. he departs amid controversy over the way he handled a sex crimes
case ten years ago against multimillionaire jeffrey epstein when acosta was u.s. attorney. he'll be replaced by deputy secretary patrick pew zel la, who's no darling either. he's currently facing scrutiny. joining me now to discuss this, msnbc analyst and host of the program "a.m. joy," joy reid. she's also the author of the newly released book titled "the man who sold america." we're going to get into the book. but joy, let me ask you first. the i.c.e. raids tomorrow, we just had congresswoman omar on >> yeah. >> and the selections of the city almost clearly are political in how they've done it. and what it represents in terms of a threat to people who are
basically -- i've seen reports have been -- americans are living they needed and they're going to be zblargtd donald trump won election really on that message, that he sort of was giving to white americans, that he's going to take this country back for them, that this is their country, it's not the country of black and brown people, and he would not only stand for white americans against these new immigrants that they don't want, that they want out, that they want deported, but that he would physically remove them. i think what we're seeing at the border in terms of putting people in cages, sort of tormenting these migrants, it's all a part of what he wants to run for re-election. and the cities he's targeted, notice, he didn't target forms or places that are using undocumented labor for ranching or farming. he's only targeting cities. unfortunately, very real people are getting hurt in the process. when you spoke with representative omar, she made it very clear, this is essentially
a threat to people of color and saying we don't want you, we want you gone, and we're going to show our base that he's willing to do the worst to these people. >> what is also interesting is this week we saw in the city outside the city of philadelphia a cargo owned by jpmorgan chase who had nothing to do with it that had street value $1.4 billion worth of cocaine on it. not a tweet, not a statement in the rose garden from the president. >> right. >> on the law, nothing about people coming in. they didn't come over the mexican border, they came by cargo ship outside of philadelphia this week. >> yeah. >> $1.4 billion on the streets of philadelphia, no zecomment. >> if there was reallyabout about fighting crime, we both live in new york city. would the police announce a raid
a criminal raid in advance? if you were going in to get criminals, you wouldn't announce it in advance. >> it's not a raid then. >> this is a demonstration to his base. this has nothing to do with crime. a lot of the people th-- they wt it to be seen that they're being cruel to them. they want to know he's thurgt right people. >> acosta is resigning. first of all, why in the middle of his -- does he bring up he's hispanic? it reminded me, i'm black, there's my black and he was campaigning. he pointed at a black gentleman. there's my black. he's hispanic. >> yeah. >> which had nothing to do with his service and resignation and why he was resigning. >> if for donald trump's base, they can say, see?
he hired that guy. they clearly understand what he's doing. he's giving them an excuse to see nothing that he does is about race. see? that guy is hispanics even though he's on his way out the door. folks i talked to about that presentation, he was doing that for one person, donald trump. it was his performance. if he performed well and the media responded well, he'd keep his job. it's interesting that he's now being replaced by a guy that people like mick mulvaney would prefer because they're even harder on workers than he was. apparently he wasn't hard enough on american workers so they trade him in for a guy who defends sweat shops. >> the man who sold america, your latest book, i use my influence with your children to get an advanced copy. don't get them if trouble but they look out for uncle al. as i read the book, you and i have had a lot of discussion, i've known donald trump 35 years, mostly marching on him and disagreeing with him around
central park five all the way to bertha. but it is uncanny how you really broke down this man's motive and psyche in the book because the way you portray is everything is transactional and everything is to the benefit of him and has really nothing to do with a core belief either way, right or left. >> absolutely. you know better than anything else, rev. i was born in brooklyn but i didn't live here my entire life. you've been here in new york marching on this guy. so you dealt with donald trump a long time. the donald trump that you knew growing up in new york when you were fighting in new york who was saying the central park five should be killed, still won't admit these young men were innocent, that guy is not trying to be president. that guy was trying to get a lot of money and publicity. he was trying to seem more important on the global stage because that could get him more money and hotels. that was the plan. what he didn't plan on doing was
actually governing the united states of america. i don't see any sign that he believes in the big governing ideas that you heard barack obama talk about. or even knows what the presidency actually does, what the functions are. but now i think he sees a lot of opportunity to get richer because we don't know how rich he was before. it's unclear whether he was a billionaire, but he is getting richer now, the hotel that he has in d.c. he's making a lot of money. he now sees opportunity with foreign dignitaries all wanting to stay in his hotel and increasing the hotel rates. this is a great opportunity. this is a salesman. donald trump is good at one thing, he's a good salesman and he sold an image of himself that his base bought into. now the whole republican party is completely fallen at his feet. >> one of the things that you come away from the book why people should get it is that in his selling, in his entering without governing principles or goals, and then his selling, he has maybe redefined what the
presidency is. that was the chilling thing i got out of your book. >> absolutely. the republican party has used donald trump to get things they wanted all along. donald trump can't pass things that the republican party doesn't want anyway. so donald trump is the front where he says i'm for the little guy, i'm the guy who's going to take care of the hard-working white american who's been left behind. but what he's really doing is passing through and signing the republican party's long-desired deep tax cuts for the super rich, deep tax cuts for corporations. the things that he wants, that he knows his base wants to see that he's trying to force through, changing the census, deporting and keeping muslims out of the country, deporting brown migrants, it's going over rather clumsily but he wants to bring the sense that he can bring the country back to a white majority. but these things aren't zblobl he managed to confirm over 100 federal judges who have lifetime appointments on the bench, which
is going to affect the criminal justice system in ways that many of us have been fighting to turn the other way for decades now. >> absolutely. and the republican party would have to fight a lot harder to implement this hard-right agenda without donald trump. donald trump allows them to sell it. their base, i'm quite sure, doesn't want to lose their health care but donald trump is able to sell them as, no, let us do this because this is going to hurt barack obama. it's going to hurt his legacy. so go ahead and give us back that health care. on these junctions, these are the judges the heritage foundation wants. i'm sorry donald trump doesn't know who they are before they're presented to him on a list. but he says to the far religious right do whatever you want. as long as i get what i want, which is my hotels to make money, myself to be aggrandized. have the country if you want, you want to take women's rights away, donald trump doesn't care about that stuff. he cares about himself and his family being able to aggrandize off the presidency. and the far right, the religious right, and the ren extreme right in some cases are able to
cowhatever they wants. >> which is why they pardon his behavior that represents everything they claim they are against. >> including the christians. remember, the people are supposed to care about the widow, the christian, the orphan. white evangelical christians are his strongest supporters. >> when you have a president can't quote rich scripture he likes, he likes them all. joy reid, the title of joy's new book is "the man who sold america." it's on sale now. still ahead, a new nbc survey shows only four 2020 candidates breaking double digits, and most of the rest, well, they're polling below 2%. next, governor jay inslee tells me how he plans to drum up more support ahead of the next debate. -driverless cars... -all ground personnel...
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inslee has qualified for the second democratic debate later this month and remains steadfast with his campaign message of combatting climate change. so will his change. will his core message resonate with voters? joining me now is 2020 presidential candidate governor jay inslee. thank you for coming on, governor. >> thanks, reverend. appreciate it. >> let me ask you a question that bothers me. i want it clear from you. will you support the winner of the nomination if it is not you no matter who it is on that stage? >> you bet. we've got a lot of talent in this field. i'm going to be supportive of the democratic candidate. i believe we will be a unified team. i'm putting forth my vision statement of economic growth based on progressive policies and the successful story that my state i think can tell about
how, when you do adopt high minimum wage, family medical leave, gender pay equity, the best teacher pay increase, clean energy, you get the best economy. i think that's a good story. obviously i do believe that we need to make defeating the climate crisis the number one priority of the united states. i'm going to support whatever democrat emerges. we need to make donald trump a blip in history. >> you've raised issues of economic disparities and how you deal with it. we know you're strong on climate change. you're not a one trick pony. you've got to deal with all these issues, mass incarceration, racial inequality, racial we form. you're not just talking about climate change which i agree with you is a very important issue, but we've got to be able to deal with across-the-board
issues bothering americans of all backgrounds. >> you're right on the money. my state's experience under my governorship is absolutely the perfect tool to dismantle the trump trickle down commission. look, we have developed the best economy in the united states in washington state. because we have adopted ways to reduce racial disparity, ways to give people medical leave, i've adopted the very first public option for health care in america. i've signed the first net neutrality bill in the united states so that the big tech companies can't abuse this. we've got what "the new york times" called a game-changer way to help people afford college. and we tax the big pan, and the big tech companies to do that. so i think this is a message, a perfect way to dismantle donald
trump, not just a climate message. you're right. i've got multiple arguments and can't wait to be on that stage with him. >> you are in a state that's right on the northwestern border of this country. you're not suggesting we have a wall between canada and the state of washington, are you? >> no. i'm suggesting that the work we've been doing in washington needs to be nationwide. i was proud to have been the first governor to stand up against donald trump's muslim ban. we've now sued and won 22 times in a row because of our excellent a.g., bob ferguson. we were one of the first states to protect our dreamers, to make sure our dreamers can get a college education. these are some of the most inspirational people in our state. i was glad to stand with the teachers and educators yesterday
in demonstrating our ob situation to this inhumanity. we believe children belong in classrooms, not cages. we will continue to stand up against this inhumanity, and we are going to dismantle donald trump rather than build his vanity project in the wall. >> governor jay inslee, thank you for interrupting your campaign and joining me today. >> thank you. >> next, my final thoughts. before we go to break, because of the dangerous threat from barry, you can watch extended coverage tonight through 10:00 p.m. eastern followed by saturday night politics with donny deutsch. ics with donny utdesch. maria ramirez? hi. maria ramirez! mom! maria! maria ramirez... mcdonald's is committing 150 million dollars
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tonight we found that in the women's finals championship, tennis superstar serena williams lost the last match, but she said something that i thought was extremely important in response to a question after the loss. look at this. >> there have been a few comments made from people like billie jean king that maybe you should stop being a celebrity for a year and focus on tennis. how do yoe you respond to that. >> the day i stop fighting for equality and for people like you and me will be the day i'm in my
grave. >> titles championships shouldn't define you. you should define them. you should stand up for what you are about and who you are no matter what happens in any temporary situation, victory or defeat. yes, she lost a match, but she didn't lose her soul. she didn't lose her purpose and she walked out with the respect of many of us that said that you can handle defeat in a given trade, but don't let it defeat who you are. that's why i still am a big fan of serena williams even though i don't watch tennis that much. that does it for me. thanks for watching. i'll see you back here tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. eastern for a new live edition of "politics nation." ou up next, our coverage continues with my colleague richard lui. >> i also want to caution
everybody, this is just the beginning. i ask everyone to stay vigilant and be safe. this has always been projected to be a rain/flood event and it will be. the vast majority of the rain that's falling right now is falling in the gulf. that will soon change as the storm continues to move north. >> very good evening to you. i'm richard lui, live from msnbc headquarters in new york city. following breaking news today, tracking tropical storm barry, making its way across louisiana, carrying with it, quote, off-the-chart amounts of moisture according to the director of the national hurricane center. flooding is the main concern for officials across the gulf coast with scenes like this in myrtle grove, louisiana, where water is flowing over the top of the levees. so far more than 120,000 people across the area are without power and the number is changing hour-by-hour.